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20

Oct

How to see the Orionid meteor shower at its peakThe best time to watch is around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. local time, but you could also stay warm in your bed and watch the meteor shower online.

How to see the Orionid meteor shower at its peak
The best time to watch is around 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. local time, but you could also stay warm in your bed and watch the meteor shower online.

17

Oct

How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipseSolar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box.

How to safely watch the upcoming partial solar eclipse
Solar eclipses can be dangerous to gaze upon, so make sure you have the correct filters for your telescopes or a viewing box.

16

Oct

Galactic ‘mega city’ shows odd spots of star formationThe collection of stars is ‘developing asymmetrically,’ hinting at celestial sprawl.

Galactic ‘mega city’ shows odd spots of star formation
The collection of stars is ‘developing asymmetrically,’ hinting at celestial sprawl.

13

Oct

How a total lunar eclipse saved Christopher ColumbusAfter consulting his almanac, Columbus learned a lunar eclipse would soon occur and used the knowledge to frighten native people into feeding his crew.

How a total lunar eclipse saved Christopher Columbus
After consulting his almanac, Columbus learned a lunar eclipse would soon occur and used the knowledge to frighten native people into feeding his crew.

12

Oct

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

Can you really name a star or buy land on the moon?
According to the International Astronomical Union, paying to name a star or purchasing extraterrestrial real estate will simply get you a ‘temporary feeling of happiness.’

11

Oct

Stars to look for in autumn’s night skyStars like Vega, Altair and Deneb are still visible in the fall, but constellations like Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius truly shine during the season.

Stars to look for in autumn’s night sky
Stars like Vega, Altair and Deneb are still visible in the fall, but constellations like Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius truly shine during the season.

06

Oct

Lunar eclipse on Wednesday will be a rare ‘selenelion’Some skywatchers will have the chance of simultaneously seeing the sun rising in the east while the eclipsed full moon is setting in the west.

Lunar eclipse on Wednesday will be a rare ‘selenelion’
Some skywatchers will have the chance of simultaneously seeing the sun rising in the east while the eclipsed full moon is setting in the west.

02

Oct

Celestial sights to check out in the October sky, including a lunar eclipseKeep your eyes peeled and your telescope ready for a lunar and solar eclipse, the Orionid meteor shower and more.

Celestial sights to check out in the October sky, including a lunar eclipse
Keep your eyes peeled and your telescope ready for a lunar and solar eclipse, the Orionid meteor shower and more.

29

Sep

Stars to look for in autumn’s night skyStars like Vega, Altair and Deneb are still visible in the fall, but constellations like Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius truly shine during the season.

Stars to look for in autumn’s night sky
Stars like Vega, Altair and Deneb are still visible in the fall, but constellations like Piscis Austrinus and Aquarius truly shine during the season.

16

Sep

Saturn’s weird fast-changing rings baffle scientistsThe shifting rings could have something to do the gravitational tugs of Saturn’s moons.

Saturn’s weird fast-changing rings baffle scientists
The shifting rings could have something to do the gravitational tugs of Saturn’s moons.